Reception Class News

Seaside Poems

Posted on Saturday 15 June 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week our focus book has been Seaside Poems.

We have really enjoyed looking at the rhyming words and reading the different poems. We also talked about and compared two environments, a city (Leeds) and the seaside. The children did a great job talking through their ideas.

“A city has lots of tall buildings. At the seaside you see boats.”

“I can see lots of people in the city. I can see lots of sand at the seaside.”

Our  world of the week this week was City the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I have been to a city called Leeds, it is bigger than Wetherby.”

“London is a really big city. I have been there.”

Poetry Picnic

This week our poem was I Have A Little Frog

I have a little frog,
His name is Tiny Tim,
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water,
And gobbled all the soap.
And when he tried to talk,
There were bubbles in his throat.

The classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to sort the images of the seaside (coast) and the city.
  • to write an I can see sentence about what you can see in the seaside picture.
  • to pick two animals and add the amount of feet they have together.
  • to find the tricky words hidden in the outdoor area.
  • to use the loom bands to make a shape in the board.

Next week our Focus book is Sharing a Shell 

Reminders and Notices

Class Photos- are on Wednesday, please send your child to school in their school uniform. We will still do PE, but in our school uniform for this week.

Forest School- Is on Thursday please send your child to school in their PE kit with their forest school water proofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Please can you send your child to school with a sun hat and sun cream already applied on sunny days.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjames@spherefederation.org thank you as always for your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman.

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab.

Posted on Saturday 08 June 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Welcome  to Summer 2!  Our theme this half term is Seaside and Cities and our first focus book has been One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre.

This book is a counting book that counts familiar animals and how many legs each one has! We have had lots of fun with this story making up our own lines.

“5 is a snail and a dog!”

“6 is a dog and a man!”

“11 is a snail and a crab or 5 people and a snail!”

“100 is 10 crabs or 100 snails!”

Our word of the week was country the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I went to another country on my holiday.”

“We live in the country called England.”

Help at home: how many different countries can you name with your grown ups? can you write a list?

Also this week we released our butterflies, Mrs Rippon looked after them for us over the holidays and we had two to set free on Monday. It was great fun to watch them fly!

The classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to write a message to the school fairies
  • to join two materials together
  • to find some shapes in the outside area
  • to draw a shell or crab
  • to order numbers from 1 to 10

Next week our focus book is Seaside Poems

Reminders and Notices

PE- is on Wednesday, please send your child to school in their PE and in trainers they can fasten themselves.

Forest School- is on a Thursday please can you send your child to school in their PE kits with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Please can you send your child to school with a sun hat and sun cream already applied on sunny days.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjames@spherefederation.org thank you as always for your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman.

Farmyard Hullabaloo

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week our focus book has been Farmyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.

We have enjoyed learning about what a farm is and the different jobs farmer’s do. We  also have also talked about the different names for farm animals and their young.

“We need farmers to give us food like potatoes and carrots.”

“Farmers collect the eggs from their chickens, milk their cows.”

Our word of the week this was herd the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I can see a herd of cows.”

“There are lots of sheep in the photo, that means there are a herd of sheep!”

Poetry Picnic

This week we our poem was The Fox

The fox is smart,

And sly as can be,

And a great big bushy tail has he.

He can run very fast,

And his fur is red,

And he lives in the woods in  his tree trunk bed.

The classroom Challenges this have been

  • to make a home or shelter for a farm animal.
  • to complete a rhyming string, for example, cat, hat, bat.
  • to use the doubling machine and double numbers to 5.
  • to use the colour wheel and find the colours in nature.
  • to cut out the farm animals and place them in the right shelters on the farm.

We had a great time at forest school, the children really enjoyed being ‘the teachers’ showing Mrs Kendrew all the fun things they can do.

Next week our Focus book is My Body Book and we will be naming the different parts of our body and talking about keeping healthy.

 

Walking Through The Jungle

Posted on Sunday 12 May 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We have been so busy with our focus books Walking Through The Jungle by Julie Lacome and Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.

     

The children have really enjoyed learning about jungle animals. We have talked about the difference between jungle and desert animals. We have travelled like animals in the outside area and even had a go at making our own jungle animal in the waste innovation area.

Our word of the week this week was Rainforest the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“These trees are the rainforest, my train is going through the jungle.”

“Tigers live in the rainforest and gorillas.”

Hep at Home: Tell your grown up about some of the other animals that live in the rainforest? Find some facts about one of your animals to share with everyone.

Next week our story is Farmyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- The children have enjoyed Forest School so much we have decided to continue to take them, our new Forest School slot will be on a Thursday so please can you send your child to school in their PE kits with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjames@spherefederation.org thank you as always for your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman.

 

PE- Multiskills

Posted on Monday 29 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We’ve made a great start to this week in Reception. In our PE lesson we have been working on our throwing and catching skills. First we worked on our own to bounce the ball in the hoop and then catch it. Then we worked pairs to bounce the ball to each other and catch it. It was very tricky as first but we persevered and our skills improved so much! Great work Reception!

Our Focus book this week is Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome we can’t wait to share our learning with you at the end of the week.

Living and Learning: I know the importance of sleep.

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Mr Freeman

Our living and learning statement for this week was:

I know the importance of sleep.

As well as individual class living and learning sessions, the whole school attended our ‘Tuesday Viewsday‘ collective worship to learn more together. We discussed the role of sleep in our lives and it’s importance/lack of importance both personally and collectively (the world).

Children put forward some fantastic points of view to debate both sides of the importance of sleep – here’s some of the quotes:

‘I think sleep is important because it gives our brain a chance to rest so that we can do well in school the next day.’ (JC, Year 6)

‘Sleep is important for us to switch off and not think about things for a while. If we didn’t sleep, we would all just be tired and moody.’ (FJ, Year 2)

‘I don’t think sleep is important because it wastes time. We could be doing other things that we like instead of sleeping.’ (NE, Year 5)

‘Sleep can be important if you have a job, but if you don’t have a job or something to get up for, you’re wasting time in your life that you could use to help others or find something that you enjoy.’ (JS, Year 5)

Help at home:

Discuss the importance of sleep for a healthy, happy lifestyle with your child. Does your child know what a good amount of sleep is? Explore their thoughts on what might happen if they don’t get enough sleep, or they sleep too much!

The Bad Tempered Ladybird

Posted on Sunday 21 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Welcome to the Summer term!! I can’t believe we are in our final term of the school year, this year has absolutely flown by so far!

This week our focus book has been The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

The children have really enjoyed this story and have had fun joining in with the repeated lines. In class we have enjoyed making ladybirds and looking at the life cycle of a ladybird. We even discovered some ladybird facts. For example a group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.

Help at home: go on a walk and look out for some ladybirds, see if you can find a loveliness of ladybirds and count how many you can find.

Our Word of the week this week was frustrated the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I was frustrated when I was hungry and my dinner wasn’t ready so my mummy gave me a starter.”

“I was frustrated with my little brother for breaking my Lego.”

In Forest School we have practiced our drilling skills by using the hand drill to put holes in wood, this has helped us to get ready to make a Bug Hotel next week. We also did some litter picking to make sure we keep our school grounds safe for the animals that live here.

Help at Home On Monday 22nd April it is World Earth can you so something with your grown ups to celebrate our wonderful Earth.

Next week our focus book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We have our last week of Forest School this week. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs

Posted on Tuesday 02 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We ended the spring term with the focus book Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs! by Paula Metcalf.

This is a very funny book, that definitely made the children chuckle! We were also very lucky to receive a visit from the Easter Bunny who kindly left us all a lovely Easter Egg! Thank you so much Easter Bunny and the PTA helpers!

When we come back after the Easter break our Summer term topic is Life on Earth and our First book will be The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

We will be learning about bugs and will be going on lots of bug hunts. We will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and will hopefully set some free! We will be using some hand drills to build a bug hotel for our outdoor area.

Next half term we are also hoping to develop our outdoor space a bit more so if anyone has any old flags, plant pots, tree stumps or gardening skills we would would really appreciate any help. Please drop us an email at stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We will be continuing to go to Forest School for the first two weeks after the holidays. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy half-term break, and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

 

 

Happy Easter!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Miss Gledhill

On Wednesday, we went to church for our Easter service.

Reception and Key Stage 1 did a fantastic job of singing the Easter Chicken song we have been practising.

watch here 

Some of Year 2 also read beautifully as well.

We hope everyone has a lovely Easter break. 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Posted on Saturday 16 March 2024 by Emma Kendrew

This week our focus book has been Jack and the Beanstalk.

We talked about how it is is an old story and has lots of different version, the children really enjoyed the Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk version! During the week we have been busy planting our own magic beans. We have also completed some beautiful drawings of some tulips. In our PE lesson we mastered our balancing skills and even managed to move from one balance to another. Fantastic skills everyone!

Our word of the week was gigantic the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

‘My tower is gigantic, it is taller that me!’

‘I am going to pick the gigantic carrot at snack time!’

Help at home: find some things that are gigantic and tell your grown up about them.

Phonics

This week in our phonics we have focused on longer phase 3 words, words ending in -ing and compound words (words made up of two words i.e. rooftop) We have also been reviewing our tricky words.

Help at home: Please support your child with the tricky words sheet sent home. Please also keep accessing the ebooks.

Poetry Picnic

This week our poem was Spring Wind

When the spring wind blows,

In her gruff and growly way,

She’s saying keep your mittens on,

I’m blowing cold today.

But when the spring wind blows,

In her soft and gentle way,

She’s saying take your jumper off,

I’m blowing warm today.

The Classroom Challenges this week have been

  • to make a ramp and push and pull a vehicle up and down it.
  • to draw the spring tulips.
  • to make a repeating pattern using the paint dabbers.
  • to make a track outside and play a dice game with your friends.
  • to make a map to the railway museum.
  • to make an enclosure for the animals using the small blocks.

Forest School this week was another muddy one and included toasting marshmallows, these were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!

Next week our week our focus book is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carl

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Please can we also ask for any donations of children’s underwear, socks and old school uniform, we work hard and play hard in reception so things can get a little bit messy!!

Please don’t forget to email any pictures from home stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman